4 surprising facts about working in corporate social responsibility

Technology giant NVIDIA gathers employees with their family members for a volunteer project. Photo by: nvidia.corporation / CC BY-NC-ND

As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, the business world is paying more attention to its role as a good corporate citizen, and not just for public relations. Global issues like climate change, food security, conflict, health and education have an impact on a corporation’s ability to grow and thrive. As a result, private sector companies are looking at how they can play a role in solving these challenges.

Young professionals rising to leadership positions as well as those just entering the job market are increasingly seeking careers that contribute to society and pushing their employers to adopt sustainable policies to leverage the power of business for good.

Often referred to as corporate social responsibility, this quickly growing career path was hardly ever mentioned even just a couple of decades ago. Yet, when I speak with young professionals about their career aspirations, a surprising number are looking to forge a career in the CSR space. While the interest is high, much remains unknown about jobs in this sector, where to find them and how to land them.

If you’re looking to launch a career in corporate social responsibility, here are four surprising facts about the sector.

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    Kate Warren

    Kate Warren is Executive Vice President and resident talent and careers guru at Devex. With 15 years of global development recruitment experience advising international NGOs, consulting firms, and donor agencies, she has a finger on the pulse of hiring trends across the industry and insider knowledge on what it takes to break in.